Mohsin Raza Malik

  • TThe PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif has actively started pushing forward his anti-establishment narrative in the country. He had constantly been asking “why was I ousted?” since he was disqualified by the apex court in July last year. Now he has chosen to answer his signature question ...

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  • TThe federal government finally unveiled its long-awaited tax policy by formally announcing a 5-point ‘tax reforms’ package last month. Later, President Mamnoon Hussain promulgated as many as 4 different Presidential Ordinances to give effect to this tax reform package. Besides a ...

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  • TChaos and political uncertainty continue to grip Pakistan since former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the apex court last year. Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal just narrowly escaped an assassination attempt on Sunday. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif was disqualified by Islamabad High Court ...

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  • TPashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) aims at protecting the human rights of the ethnic Pashtun people living in the Pashtun Belt in Pakistan i.e. the area comprising KP province, FATA and the Northern Baluchistan. Though PTM has been in existence in Pakistan for the last couple of years, it gained ...

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  • TPutting another nail in the political coffin of ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, a five-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan has held that a parliamentarian would remain disqualified for life if he is once declared to be not a “Sadiq and Ameen” in terms of Article 62(1)(f) of the ...

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  • TLiving up to their dark traditions of tyranny and suppression, the occupying forces have once again intensified their oppression and brutality by resorting to the use of excessive lethal force against the people in the occupied territories of Kashmir and Palestine. On Sunday, a massive crackdown ...

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  • TAddressing a Pakistan Day ceremony in Lahore last week, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar ruled out the possibility of the much-anticipated ‘judicial coup’ in Pakistan after making it quite clear that there was no such thing as ‘judicial martial law’ in the ...

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  • TIn my last week’s column, I just made an attempt to explain how Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has moved away from its founding ideology over a period of time. And how this party started relying on political pragmatism after apparently abandoning its political idealism by resorting to some ...

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  • TFollowing the disqualification of Mian Nawaz Sharif in the Panamagate case in July last year, It was being widely predicated and speculated that PML-N would soon disintegrate and disappear from the country’s political scene. However, contrary to these predictions and speculations, not only ...

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  • TThe arrest and detention of Ahad Cheema, a grade-19 bureaucrat and ex-DG Lahore Development Authority, by the National accountability Bureau (NAB) authorities in Lahore last week was strongly reacted to and resisted by Punjab government and its elite civil bureaucracy, the Pakistan Administrative ...

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  • TSomehow adding to the woes of the troubled political leader Nawaz Sharif, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, headed by the CJP Mian Saqib Nisar, unanimously debarred him from heading his political party (PML-N) on Wednesday. Besides this, the apex court bench has also undone ...

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  • TChief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has expressed, on a number of occasions, his strong intention to substantially reform the country’s judicial system. Therefore, many were hoping that he would focus on introducing some fundamental reforms in the justice system after concluding the ...

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  • TThe Supreme Court of Pakistan has been in the limelight since the then CJP Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali formally took up the Panamagate case in November 2016. Having disqualified some prominent parliamentarians like Mian Nawaz Sharif and Jahangir Tareen, now the apex court is all set to initiate ...

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  • TThe law of the jungle seems to have prevailed in Pakistan as the trigger-happy police is killing innocent citizens with impunity. On January 13, Karachi police just added another dark chapter to its history. On this day, former SSP Malir Rao Anwar, an assassin par excellence, allegedly killed ...

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  • TThe opposition parties’ much-hyped power show in Lahore last week eventually turned out to be a damp squib. Not only did the Qadri-led ‘joint opposition alliance’ fail in pulling a large crowd for its first protest rally, but also it couldn’t devise and announce any ...

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  • TCountless Pakistanis are currently in a state of shock and grief on account of horrific rape and gruesome murder of minor girl Zainab in the Punjab’s city of Kasur. Last week, this unspeakable incident just sparked country-wide protests and condemnation. Making things worse, the local police ...

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  • TThe Americans reached an important milestone in their more than two-century long political history in 2008 by electing the first African American, Barack Obama, as president of the United States. So, it was believed that the long-cherished dream of Martin Luther King had finally come true. However, ...

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  • TMarking a significant policy shift from ‘do more’ to ‘no more’, President Donald Trump has hinted at curtailing US ‘aid’ to Pakistan in his first tweet of 2018. He accused Pakistan of lying and deceiving the US in return for receiving more than 33 billion dollars ...

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  • TThe city of Jerusalem is currently in the international limelight on account of President Trump’s recent Jerusalem move. So, the status of Jerusalem has instantly become the most contentious issue in the Middle East. This very issue involves the future of so-called two-state solution to the ...

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  • TThe Supreme Court of Pakistan has shown another parliamentarian the door after former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in less than five months. Last week, a three-member bench of the apex court, head by CJP, disqualified PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen from being a member of National Assembly for ...

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  • T“Marking the beginning of a new approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”, President Donald Trump formally announced the US official policy to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last week. In June this year, the US Senate unanimously approved a resolution stating that ...

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  • TYet another bloody wave of terrorism has just swept across Pakistan, leaving many Pakistanis dead and many more wounded. Pakistan has lost three brave and ablest senior police officers in three separate terrorist incidents in Quetta and Peshawar. Last week, four TTP terrorists stormed Agriculture ...

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  • TMarking the end of a three-week long dharna (sit-in) in Islamabad by the activists of Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLY), a ‘provisional peace treaty’ has been concluded between the Federal Government and TLY Chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi whereby the former has readily given in to the ...

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  • TMachiavellianism is a crucial political doctrine associated with the Sixteenth Century Italian political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli. Essentially based on the principle “the end justifies the means,” this doctrine strongly advocates employing any tactic or instrument while ...

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  • TPrimarily aimed at preventing the ‘Mohajir vote-bank’ from being divided in the Urban Sindh, the long-anticipated political alliance between Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) was formally announced by the heads of both political parties in a joint ...

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  • TA thick blanket of smog is currently engulfing most of the Punjab province in Pakistan. This persistent smog has significantly reduced the visibility which is now badly affecting the road and air communication systems in the province. So far, dozens of people have died in a number of smog-related ...

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  • TA province is a principal administrative division within a country. The terms like ‘state’, ‘region’, ‘territory’ or ‘unit’ are also alternatively used for a province in different countries across the world. The distribution of power between the ...

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  • TPakistan has been quite indecisive and inconclusive about the legal status of FATA for the last 70 years. However, this year, the government of Pakistan has finally decided to ‘mainstream’ FATA by formally merging it into KP province. Though this decision has been welcomed by most of ...

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  • TAddressing a seminar on ‘Interplay of Economy and Security” in Karachi last week, COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa underlined the need to ensure a viable balance between economy and security in order to achieve prosperity. He pointed out that “national security and economy are ...

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  • TFormer Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has become the pivot on which the country’s entire politics is just revolving. At the same time, this single individual also seems to be a touchstone for the democracy in Pakistan. The ruling PML-N is portraying him as one who is indispensable for the ...

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